An Easter Countdown is the PERFECT way to celebrate this spring!
Do you ever feel like Easter is the holiday that somehow just gets left in the pollen dust? (Ha Ha)
Somewhere between New Year’s Resolutions, Valentines dates, and summer break lands what should be the MOST important holiday of the year. And yet, Easter usually comes and goes with little more than a few last minute baskets of candy and a ham dinner.
For years I felt a little guilty about this. Of course, we spend Easter Sunday at church and we certainly make the day about Jesus, but this day is a celebration of the most significant thing in our lives. Surely it deserves at least a tiny bit of the pomp and circumstance we give other holidays (especially Christmas!).
Motivation for a Countdown
A few years ago I found myself standing in the Valentine’s Day candy aisle at my favorite store when I overheard a little boy question, “Mommy, how many days until Christmas?” His mother laughed and said, “Oh, I guess about 300 or so.” His little face just melted at her answer.
And my heart felt the same way.
I’m not going to assume that this little boy was looking forward to a mountain of presents (although I imagine it wouldn’t be too far off from reality). But regardless, my heart wondered if Easter was really important enough. I wondered if somewhere in those aisles of candy, trinkets, and treats we lost the true meaning of everything valuable.
And I wondered if my kids were longing for Easter in their own hearts. I wondered if I had really taught what Easter was about. I wondered if they were like much of the world and saw it as just another chance to get candy and play some fun games.
I took the chance that day in the Target candy aisle to re-evaluate what we had been doing to celebrate. Like all holidays in our home, I’ve always been careful not to throw out everything in the name of “Christ-centeredness.” I don’t believe it really has to be that way. But I do believe that if we are going to make it all about Christ (and we absolutely are) then we need to be more intentional about making sure that our focus is in the right place.
I couldn’t think of a better way to do that than create an Easter countdown.
An Easter countdown is such a wonderful way to build anticipation, teach God’s truth, and bring the focus of the holiday to the right place every single day as we await that celebration. If done right, it also helps children to fully understand the meaning behind it all.
So I took a somewhat popular Christmas idea and made it into an Easter Countdown. (We have enough Christmas ideas anyway, right?) As we journey to the cross with Christ, I thought it would be rather appropriate to study the names of Jesus. This kind of study leads us straight to the heart of who He is and is simply a beautiful way to celebrate His sacrifice for us on the cross.
Creating your Names of Jesus Easter Countdown
The materials are simple. You need the free printable file (linked below), two different colors of cardstock paper, and tape.
I used an old Creative Memories frame to display our countdown, but the display options are limitless. You could display each name on a cork board. You could have your kids decorate a poster board. You could tape them to the fridge. You could make the chain and run it up the staircase railing or on a door frame. You could even put the strips of paper in a basket and pull one out when you want to spend some time focusing on it with your family.
Each morning, we pull off a new link and then read the verse that goes along with it. But there isn’t a right or wrong time of day to do it. You could read the verse with your family over dinner or have each child read the verse on their own throughout the day. I have my children journal about the name and verse in their journal so they spend a couple of minutes really processing that particular name of Christ.
The countdown lasts 30 days. But don’t worry about getting all 30 in before Easter! If you are getting a late start, you can finish after the official holiday. There is nothing that says you must stop! The point isn’t when you start and stop; the point is to focus on the various names and characteristics of our Lord.
Oh, and you can combine this with our Cross Easter Activities for even more Easter family fun.
An Easter countdown doesn’t mean we won’t still enjoy chocolate eggs or marshmallow chicks, but it does mean that I’m going to be purposeful in making sure that we as a family remember the true meaning of Easter. I’m going to do my part in leading my kids to turn their eyes onto Jesus, celebrating the greatest gift of all time!
GET YOUR FREE EASTER COUNTDOWN:
You can download your own copy of the Names of Jesus Easter Countdown by clicking the image below. I pray your Easter is even more meaningful than ever!